This month I had the opportunity to take a class from Richard LaLonde, a pioneering fused glass artist who taught at the renowned Pilchuck School in 1985 and who created the Liquid Glass Line technique.
It was an amazing experience in part because of his knowledge and skill, and in part because the class included work with steel, aluminum, glass, wood, Liquid Glass Line, and pastels. Essentially, I created every element of this two-sided rattle (when you hold it and shake, it rattles!).
I designed a quail as it is the state bird of California, and depicted the state flower (California poppy) and on the other side, the California redwoods on the glass.
After the class, Richard and his daughter Amanda took a few of us on a tour of the island and showed us some of their favorite spots. They also introduced us to Fritz Dreisbach, a renowned hot glass artist who will be the artist in residence at the Tacoma Museum of Glass this summer, and who was recently featured in a video on their webpage.
This class brings an entirely new set of skills to our studio, which will elevate our designs and displays. We are excited to start sharing these with all of you.